Juzza

Would You Eat This Blackfish?

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Does anyone else find that some of their blackfish are 'infected' with worms and/other weird things? Doctors are alright..but anything within the flesh seems to put me off a little. Most of the time i just cut off the offending piece of flesh. Other times i just throw the fillet away if it is not salvageable.

Here are just 2 of the pictures, there are probably 2 other scenarios that i have come up against...brown like worms and loads of black spots/splotches within and on the surface of the flesh.

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Anyone have any experiences of thoughts they want to express on this topic?

Finally i have to say, they're a great fish with a good fight and taste pretty good =]

Justin :1fishing1:

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Mate I'd be safe and not eat them if I see anything like that. Not worth all the trouble for just a piece of fish.

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Hi ya Juzza

I've eaten one similar to the top one after cutting out the wormy bit - when I skinned it, from memory, I just found a very red circle on the skin side. I'm still here to tell the story. Is the BOTTOM one the same fillet skinned or is it a separate fish? If the same fillet, it is a lot bigger & nastier looking than the one I had.

You could just cut the bottom section off - it is very localised. If you'd seen stuff branching out, sure toss it.

However, having said that .... if in doubt, chuck it out!!

Cheers

Roberta

Well done on getting into some blackies! :biggrin2:

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Remember the old saying Justin,"There's plenty of other fish in the sea!" Chuck it.

Regards Jeff

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Hi ya Juzza

I've eaten one similar to the top one after cutting out the wormy bit - when I skinned it, from memory, I just found a very red circle on the skin side. I'm still here to tell the story. Is the BOTTOM one the same fillet skinned or is it a separate fish? If the same fillet, it is a lot bigger & nastier looking than the one I had.

You could just cut the bottom section off - it is very localised. If you'd seen stuff branching out, sure toss it.

However, having said that .... if in doubt, chuck it out!!

Cheers

Roberta

Well done on getting into some blackies! :biggrin2:

I agree with the others and i wont risk eating the fish

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These fish are from the northern beaches, some batches of fish i catch have them, some batches dont.

Both of these are from different fish. The one in the bottom picture, i think, had this very hard object in the skin (possibly a foreign body since its encapsulated by a cyst) however the skin was not broken and looked quite normal.

I find that if one of the fillets have something...then the other side a very likely to have it.

Im curious, you know how a large majority of jewfish (especially the larger fish) have worms in them. Do they look like the one in the first picture?

Justin :1fishing1:

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ahahah, nah i didnt use the alvey, used a spinning reel with a 10ft rod. I havnt really used the combo i bought, its pretty much collecting dust at home ..

Yeh most of the fish were chucked if they had...worms...and other nasties in the flesh

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Hi Juzza

I'd only ever seen it in the one fish & it was the same as pic one. I just cut it out & it was fine.

Pic 2 ........ probably wouldn't eat it - was the other fillet affected too?

Roberta

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Ahahah, not sure if ill eat them uncooked though. even if i was in a dire situation

Roberta, the other fillet wasnt affected, but i think the other side was thrown away anyway. Just in case :biggrin2:

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It sure doesn't look pretty - and quite off-putting. But if you cut the tainted/ugly bits off and COOK the fillet there is absolutely nothing to worry about.

There are some fish parasites that can be transmitted to humans - but they are definitely killed by cooking.

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KNOWN fish parasites are killed by cooking. Does anyone really want to take the chance on one lousy fish having a unknown infection?

Regards Jeff

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Looks a little dicey, you're better off using that for berley instead of spending a night driving the porcelain bus. :thumbdown:

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Here's some good info based on science.

Parasites in Marine Fishes

How long should I cook fish to kill parasites?

Cooking fish to an internal temperature of 140°F will kill all fish nematodes and tapeworms. Normal cooking procedures generally exceed this temperature.

140°F is 60°C. So quite easy to make safe by cooking.

Interesting they say that bacterial contamination is more of a worry than stuff you can see like worms :1yikes:

The health risk from parasites is far less than the risk from "unseen" illness causing bacteria which are present on almost all foods.

Hope that helps

William

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How many times do we cook the fish whole without filleting it :wacko::wacko::wacko:

Edited by Groper

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